Iva Elizabeth Thompson went to be with her Lord and Saviour on April 4, 2010. She was born Feb. 6, 1911, near Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of William and Ada (Lott) Rash.
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They came to Montana in the spring of 1912. They spent a short time with relatives, Henry and Lucy Catron, on their farm west of Bozeman, part of which is now known as Catron Street. They later bought a ranch east of Manhattan on Dry Creek Road, where Iva grew up and attended schools in Manhattan, graduating from there in 1929.
She married Horace Thompson in 1933 in Bozeman, and lived there until the time of her death. They had one son. She enjoyed traveling in younger years, gardening, crocheting, especially afghans, cooking and reading. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Iva hosted many family dinners and gatherings over the years, during the holidays and other special times. She and her husband were happily surprised on two different occasions on their 25th wedding anniversary at their home at 609 Dell Place where she lived for 34 years, and again on their 45th anniversary at the Holiday Inn, hosted by their children.
Iva was a member of Grace Bible Church since 1933, and of the Bozeman Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers; two sisters; and two step-daughters, Helen Ann Medsker and Kathryn Hines.
Survivors include one son, Robert "Bob" Thompson and wife, Barbara of Bozeman; three grandchildren, Robert Thompson Jr. of Bozeman, Annette Kanning and husband, Kendall of Belgrade, and Steven Thompson of Bozeman; three great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Tanner Kanning of Belgrade, and Maria Thompson of Bozeman.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Fireside Room at Grace Bible Church.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Missions at Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2010